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I've been sketching a lot via the Procreate app on my iPad Pro with my Apple Pencil. YES, I also love sketching on regular paper, but because my sketch style is fast and loose and prolific, I was going through a LOT of paper and MANY paper sketchbooks.

Anyway, just discovered last night (!!) after a sketchfest that Procreate enables a playback video. Duh, serves me right for not reading through the whole user manual. For those interested, I'm sharing an excerpt from my sketchplay last night. As you can tell, I wander a lot before settling on a final image. :-)

https://youtu.be/XNt-4KpWkWk
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Here's a photo from my high school yearbook. Clearly, THIS was the coolest club around. :-) Happy #NationalSchoolLibrarianDay!
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I've posted about my history with comics and webcomics, what they've taught me about storytelling, and what I'm doing next: http://debbieohi.com/comics
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good luck! Love your work.
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Teachers, librarians and homeschoolers: Help get young readers talking more about books with my FREE print-ready book recommendation and reading activity sheets: http://debbieohi.com/read (also free bookmarks, posters and more)

Many of these are inspired by ideas outlined in Donalyn Miller's excellent The Book Whisperer and Reading In The Wild books: https://bookwhisperer.com/books/
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Very excited about the launch of the first MITZI TULANE, PRESCHOOL DETECTIVE book this summer, a new picture book written by Lauren McLaughlin and illustrated by yours truly, published by Random House Children's Books July 12, 2016. Lauren was kind enough to answer some questions about her process, publication journey and inspiration:

http://debbieohi.com/lauren-mclaughlin/

Before writing the MITZI TULANE picture books, Lauren worked as a screenwriter (Hypercube, Prisoner of Love, Specimen) and producer (American Psycho, Buffalo ’66, Vig, Stag, and others) in the film business and has also written several teen novels (Cycler, (Re)Cycler, and Scored). Fascinating to read about her writing and editing process, inspiration, comparison of writing picture books to YA, and her advice for young writers.
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"The beautiful part of writing is that you don't have to get it right the first time unlike, say, brain surgery." - Robert Cormier

(If you like the attached image: I've made it available as a free print-ready poster: http://debbieohi.com/read)
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I interviewed RUBY ROSE, OFF TO SCHOOL SHE GOES author Rob Sanders, and he offered some fantastic advice for young writers as well as talking about how RUBY ROSE got published, the editing process and more: http://debbieohi.com/book-rubyrose-robsanders (PLUS get a sneak peek at some of the interior illustrations by yours truly! :-))

http://debbieohi.com/book-rubyrose-robsanders
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Happy #NationalSchoolLibrarianDay! Thank you for all that you do.
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I had SO MUCH FUN at the 2016-03 SCBWI LA Writer's Day this past weekend. HUGE thanks to the hard-working organizers, volunteers and rest of the faculty. Special thanks to Sarah Laurenson, Sally Jones Rogan, Nutschell Anne Windsor and Kim Wildman for all their help before and during the event.

I heard fantastic keynotes by Brenda Bowen and Robin L. LaFevers, and though I had to miss Stephanie Stein's keynote because I was giving a breakout session at the same time, I heard her keynote was wonderful as well.

I gave two presentations: one was my keynote "Introverts, Rejections and Lightning Rods: 30 Things I Wish I Could Tell My Pre-Published Self" and the other was a Social Media Master Class for authors and authors/illustrators.

So enjoyed catching up with old friends and making some new ones. You can find out more about upcoming SCBWI LA regional events at https://losangeles.scbwi.org/ Follow them on Twitter at https://twitter.com/SCBWISOCALLA

I've posted my photos on FB: https://www.facebook.com/inkygirl/media_set?set=a.10153922798110196.1073741921.627825195&type=3

Feel free to scoop/repost any of my photos to help promote the event, authors etc. in social media and blog posts; please include photo credit or tag me if possible.

You can see what other people posted on Twitter about and from the event through the #LAWD16 hashtag: https://twitter.com/hashtag/LAWD16?src=hash

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I've updated my free, print-ready archive of activity sheets with new Minecraft-themed book recommendation lists: http://debbieohi.com/read

For ALL my free, print-ready material for teachers, librarians, booksellers and young readers: http://debbieohi.com/printready
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My brother loves minecraft! I think he'll really like this, thanks!! 
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Today on Inkygirl.com: Advice For Young Writers, Wonder Woman and PUNK SKUNKS: Three Questions with Trisha Speed Shaskan. PUNK SKUNKS is a fun new picture book written by Trisha and illustrated by Stephen Shaskan, just out from HarperCollins.

http://inkygirl.com/inkygirl-main/2016/2/23/advice-for-young-writers-wonder-woman-and-punk-skunks-three.html
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Thanks to those who answered my Inkygirl.com survey! Of those who responded via my poll link, a whopping 60% of you say you've skipped ahead to the ending while reading a book. Some of you say you ALWAYS do it. For reasons why, see:
http://inkygirl.com/inkygirl-main/2016/2/3/poll-results-60-of-you-skip-ahead-to-read-the-ending-of-a-bo.html

Two of my favourite comments:

"Because I needed to prepare myself if Harry, Ron, or Hermione died!"

"I am, at my basest levels, an impatient cheat."
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  • Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
    Writer & illustrator, 2010 - present
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Works with Simon & Schuster Children's, HarperCollins Children's and Random House Children's. Twitter: @inkyelbows
Introduction
In a nutshell:
I write and draw for young people. Former systems analyst/programmer. Hobbies: Board gamer, filker, songwriter/musician.

Illustrator of Michael Ian Black's picture book, I'M BORED (Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers, Sept/2012). I'M BORED was chosen by The New Times for its Notable Children's Books Of 2012 list. More reviews, honors: http://DebbieOhi.com/bored

Current and upcoming book projects with Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers, HarperCollins Children's, and Random House Children's Books. See: http://debbieohi.com/books

My blog for children's book writers & illustrators:

My projects blog: DebbieOhi.com

To contact me:


 Author of The Writer's Online Marketplace (Writer's Digest Books). Represented by Ginger Knowlton, Curtis Brown Ltd.

My illustrated short story "Kodama" appears in teen anthology TOMO (Stone Bridge Press, 2012), and my YA novel-in-progress was been nominated for the 2011 SCBWI Sue Alexander Award.

Interests (& multiple blogs) on writing (especially writing for young people), children's book illustration, digital publishing and ebooks, iPads, creativity, instapoems, web comics, art licensingfilking, writing songs for & performing with my music group, board gaming. Daily publishing industry news columnist for Writersmarket.com. You can hear soundclips from my music group (Urban Tapestry) recordings on CDBaby.

For more info about my projects, please see DebbieOhi.com.

On Twitter:
@inkyelbows (writing), @BGGgirl (board gaming), @DebbieOhi (livechat), @DebOhi (personal).

GOOGLE+ GUIDES FOR NEWBIES
(especially writers & illustrators):

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MY GOOGLE+ BIZ PAGES:
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I'm Bored (book page)

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MY GOOGLE+ DIRECTORIES:
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UPDATE: Now that Google+ has communities, these directories will no longer be actively promoted/updated.


Kidlit/YA Pages: business pages for writers, illustrators editors, agents, book bloggers, etc.

The rest of the list pertain to Profile accounts rather than Biz Pages:

Kidlit/YA: writers, editors, agents, book bloggers, etc.


Digital Publishing & Ebooks: Future of publishing,  e-books, e-readers, technology that affects digital publishing.



Comics & Webcomics: For those interested in reading or creating webcomics.

Creating on the iPad: people who create (not just consume) on the iPad. e.g. writing, music, art, etc.

Filkers: Those interested in filk and filking.

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Keywords:

kidlit, MG, writer, illustrator, kidlit writer, kidlit illustrator, picture books, picture book writer, picture book illustrator, SCBWI, poet, boardgamer, board gamer, board games, filk, filker, iPads, digital publishing, ebooks

Bragging rights
Blogger since 1994. Wrote a book. Writing & illustrating more. Founder of Inkspot & Inklings (one of the first websites for writers). Sold a website. My music group's performed in Canada, U.S., Germany & England. Illustrating a picture book for Simon & Schuster USA.
Education
  • University of Toronto
  • Bramalea Secondary School
  • Earnscliffe Public School
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Illustrated tips, info, comics, book reviews, interviews for kidlit/YA writers & illustrators by Debbie Ridpath Ohi, illustrator of I'M BORED by Michael Ian

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Illustrated tips, info, comics, book reviews, interviews for kidlit/YA writers & illustrators by Debbie Ridpath Ohi, illustrator of I'M BORED by Michael Ian

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Illustrated tips, info, comics, interviews for writers by Debbie Ridpath Ohi, illustrator of I'M BORED by Michael Ian Black, Simon & Schuster/2012.

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Children's book illustrator group brought together by the SCBWI Illustration Mentorship Program. Twitter: @KidLitArtists

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Digital publishing industry (esp. effect on children's publishing), e-books, iPads apps for writers. How writers & illustrators can get the most out of their

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Inkygirl: Guide For Kidlit/YA Writers & Artists - Inkygirl: An Illus...
inkygirl.com - written by Debbie Ohi

Illustrated tips, info, comics, book reviews, interviews for kidlit/YA writers & illustrators by Debbie Ridpath Ohi, illustrator of I'M BORED by Michael Ian

Inkygirl: An Illustrated Guide For Writers - For Writers, Librarians, Ed...
inkygirl.com - written by Debbie Ohi

Illustrated tips, info, comics, interviews for writers by Debbie Ridpath Ohi, illustrator of I'M BORED by Michael Ian Black, Simon & Schuster/2012.

Inkygirl: Guide For Kidlit/YA Writers & Artists - Inkygirl: An Illus...
inkygirl.com - written by Debbie Ohi

Illustrated tips, info, comics, book reviews, interviews for kidlit/YA writers & illustrators by Debbie Ridpath Ohi, illustrator of I'M BORED by Michael Ian

Video interview & book trailer: THE UNBECOMING OF MARA DYER by Miche...
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Illustrated tips, info, comics, interviews for writers by Debbie Ridpath Ohi, illustrator of I'M BORED by Michael Ian Black, Simon & Schuster/2012.

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Illustrated tips, info, comics, interviews for writers by Debbie Ridpath Ohi, illustrator of I'M BORED by Michael Ian Black, Simon & Schuster/2012.

Comic-Con: Episode IV - A Fan's Hope (TIFF Review) - Debbie's Bl...
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Illustrated tips, info, comics, interviews for writers by Debbie Ridpath Ohi, illustrator of I'M BORED by Michael Ian Black, Simon & Schuster/2012.

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Kalendar is one of my favorite brunch places in Toronto (I reviewed the place for blogTO years ago). Food is excellent, though wait times can sometimes be long. Despite being one of the first customers to arrive this morning (Sunday), for example, it took nearly an hour to get our food. After we inquired twice, another staff member apologized and said they had a new omelette chef, offered us free mimosas.
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